World’s greatest archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley, who lived up to 1960, has made a number of amazing discoveries that stun the world. However, one of his discoveries went untold and unsung, even though it can easily be considered as a game changer with regard to Indian history.
Mesopotamia, an age old region corresponding to this day’s Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey is known to be the cradle of human civilization. History states that this was the place where civilizations and cities were first created, from where human communities developed. Sir Leonard Woolley is well known for his excavations in this area, especially a place named UR, from where he has heaved out numerous treasures of infinite value. Amongst those treasures, there were also a handful of carvings depicting the Indian mythological legend of Ramayana – but that was never talked about.
Sir Woolley excavated estimably 6000 years old carvings of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman from UR, Mesopotamia. It poses a massive question, for there are no available references of Ramayana from areas of Iraq or Iran. However, an intriguing factor is that these carvings were derived from the Chapel of Ram-Sin, a deity from the Mesopotamian era. This makes way for an easy doubt whether Lord Rama himself was Ram-Sin, and this chapel could have been constructed by the Dilmun merchants who resided in the vicinity. These merchants are a link from Mesopotamia to Sumer, and could also be the missing link from India to Mesopotamia. Regardless of the factors, one sure thing that can be inferred from here is that India and Ramayana are bridged with aspects that we do not even have an idea of.
Sumer was the Southern most region of Mesopotamia. The list of Sumerian rulers includes names such as Ram-Sin and Bharat-Sin. Now that doesn’t look like co-incidence, does it? It is also stated clearly in the history of Sumer that Bharat-Sin ruled for 12 years, and Ram-Sin ruled for 60 years. Rings a bell for followers of Ramayana? There are also references to Lakshmana, through names such as Lakhamar, and all these facts simply do not fit in as co-incidental references. India and Sri Lanka do not share geographical borders with Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey; but these places have dug-in evidences that our history was deeply linked to them. What, after all, could be the missing link?
No further enquiries or excavations were made to comprehend the missing link between Ramayana and Mesopotamia. Whether or not Lord Rama also ruled Iraq and Iran, or if Hinduism had a hold on countries that we do not know or, or if there are more physical evidences of Indian mythology deep within UR – we do not know. It is, in fact, a great surprise why such an intriguing matter was discarded as something not worth investigating – could there be a force attempting to limit the Indian stronghold over history in the middle- east?
The Sumerian texts, Chapel of Ram-Sin, excavation findings and the consequential conspiracy to discard the findings – all point towards an important bridge that has been kept hidden for a very long time now. Also reading the history and whereabouts of Mesopotamia gives us an idea that the state was indeed what can be called the ‘Rama Rajya’, with ideals such as equality for everyone and progress. So much relevance to a legacy of India from the Middle-East has been disregarded for a long time now. Wonder what it would take for some serious study to reveal what exactly is being hidden from the world!